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Auction 107, Lot 288

"[Volvelle]", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Europe

Period: 1633 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 16.2 inches
55.1 x 41.1 cm
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Beautifully engraved map that was included in the first volume of Blaeu's magnificent atlas. This classic map of Europe is done in the carte-de-figures style with vignettes on three sides. The upper frieze has nine birds-eye-views of Amsterdam, Prague, Constantinople, Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Toledo and Lisbon. The side borders contain the costumes of the noblemen and women of 10 European nations. Embellished with sailing ships, sea monsters, bears and Neptune riding a dolphin and holding his trident. Latin text on verso with page number 5 at upper right. A beautiful map produced at the height of the Golden Age of Dutch mapmaking.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #4; Van der Krogt (Atlantes) #1000:2.

Condition: A

Very fine impression and old coloring. On a full sheet with original margins. Printer crease in ocean at left and some surface soiling, overall very good.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 6/9/2004